Mark Felt -- alias Deep Throat -- advised Woodward and Bernstein to follow the money. It was good advice forty years ago; and it's good advice now. Consider the following report from Althia Raj at the Huffington Post:
The Conservative government has spent $482 million on outside legal fees since it came to power in 2006. And more than $447,045 to defend the Prime Minister, his staff and ministers, according to documents tabled in the House of Commons.
These fees were for lawyer's outside the house that Harper built:
As Liberal MP Sean Casey said, " “It’s just a shocking number. They closed Veterans [Affairs]’ district offices and saved $5 million bucks, [but] over the past eight years, they’ve spent half a billion on outside lawyers. It’s pretty stark.”
It's not that the government doesn't have its own stable of lawyers:
Although the Department of Justice employs approximately 2,500 lawyers who defend the government on all types of matters, it also relies on private-sector law practitioners to carry out its mandate, spokeswoman Carole Saindon said Wednesday.
The outside lawyers were used largely to defend various Conservatives who found themselves the subjects of ethics investigations. Charlie Angus discovered that
the vast majority of outside legal services used by Tory cabinet ministers and those under their employ were used to defend against probes by Commons’ Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson or investigations by Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault, who looks into abuses of the Access to Information regimen.
At Public Works and Government Services Canada, for example, $194,988 was paid between 2011 and 2013 to Paul K. Lepsoe, the Conservative Party of Canada’s former lawyer. Lepsoe’s work was related to an ethics probe involving former minister Christian Paradis as well as an investigation into whether his political staff improperly interfered in the handling of Access to Information requests.
The Harperites came to power promising sound economic management and righteous government.